Mechanical Engineering Seminar


Additive Manufacturing Security: Surprising Tapestry of the Field


Prof. Mark Yampolskiy


Auburn University


Friday, October 14, 2022 at 11:00:00 AM   


MRDC Building, Room 4211


Yan Wang


Additive Manufacturing (AM), often referred to as 3D printing, is a rapidly growing multibillion-dollar industry. AM community was very successful in improving AM processes and developing new materials, enabling 3D-printed parts to be used in a wide range of applications, including aerospace and medical fields. However, the success comes at a price of being an increasingly attractive target for attacks. As often the case, securing a new technology is not a simple plug-and-play task for already established cyber-security approaches. While cyber-security is a necessary component of AM Security, it is not even remotely sufficient to fully secure against the recognized Security Threats. This talk will provide an introduction in AM Security, a highly inter-disciplinary field of research that both poses novel challenges and provides unexpected opportunities. On the example of several selected attacks and defense measures, this talk will outline an often-surprising tapestry of the research ideas explored in the field, both of cyber and cyber-physical nature. The presenter will also point out the common myths and misconceptions that, in his opinion, have been plagued this field so far. A summary of discrepancies between the current state of the field and the emerging needs will conclude the talk.


Dr. Mark Yampolskiy is an Associate Professor at Auburn University, Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering (CSSE). He is also an affiliated faculty with Auburn Cyber Research Center (ACRC) and National Center for Additive Manufacturing Excellence (NCAME). He was among the pioneers and is one of the leading experts in the field of Additive Manufacturing Security. His research interests include the cyber-physical means of attack and defense in Additive Manufacturing.


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